POC Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket - $369.95

We don't like to talk about serious injury very much. Downhill mountain biking is just too fun to think about the possible repercussions. The reality, however, is that DH gives you plenty of opportunity to really mess yourself up. POC takes some of the danger out of riding with the Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket. Using its VPD technology, the Spine 2.0 Jacket protects your chest, shoulders, arms, elbows, and most importantly, back in the event of a crash.Generally speaking, there are two types of body armor: soft, flexible armor that's designed to be comfortable and hard-shell armor that's designed to absorb huge impacts. As logic would dictate, the soft stuff doesn't protect as well and the hard stuff isn't as comfortable. Well, now there's a third kind of armorPOC VPD. As far as we can tell, it's magic. VPD is a soft, flexible foam material that conforms to the contours of your body. However, in the event of an impact, it hardens instantly to provide the protection of a hard shell. It truly is the best of both worlds. Not only that, but VPD is a true multi-impact armor, so the protection level during your 20th crash is the same as it was during your 1st. This is especially important because a fall can often involve several impacts. You don't want your protection level to drop off over the course of a fall, because that last hit might be the hardest. VPD is lightweight, soft, and flexible, so it's some of the most comfortable armor that we've tried. Another reason that VPD is so comfortable is efficient airflow. POC riddles its VPD material with vents so air flows freely in and out to keep your skin dry and cool, so you don't roast in the heat of the summer and get that nasty, clammy feeling under your pads. POC also uses a static Crash Retention Strap to keep the sleeve from slipping out of place. At the elbow itself, POC covers the VPD with a flexible hard shell cap to make the Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket tough enough to handle the most brutal digger. - $369.95